If you have an appreciation for art, there is so much of it to see in the greater Boston area. One of my favorite places to visit when I need my creative batteries charged is the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. Once individual museums; the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum are now housed in one building a stone’s throw away from Harvard Yard. There is something for every interest: sculpture, photographs, drawings, manuscripts, prints, paintings, stained glass, and more.


Stepping inside the museum gives me a little break from reality. I feel like I could be in another country when I walk through the galleries. It’s amazing to see in-person, work by artists I once learned about in art history books. Looking at a Vincent van Gogh painting from 1886 up close blows my mind. Not to mention Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, and Picasso!

Admission for adults is $15. However, it is free for Cambridge residents and youth under 18 and free for Massachusetts residents on Saturdays from 10 am-noon. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.harvardartmuseums.org.

If you’ve never been to the Harvard Museums, I highly suggest adding it to your bucket list. Below are some of the paintings that grabbed my attention during my last visit there.

Dutch Village Scene with Hanging Laundry, 1890 by Max Liebermann
Self-Portrait in Tuxedo, 1927 by Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh
Winter Landscape, 1910 by Wassily Kandinsky
Portrait, 1996 by Zhang Xiaogang
Head of a Woman, 1911 by Alexei von Jawlensky
Still Life with Apples, 1916 by Henri Matisse
Alexandrine-Sophie de Bawr, 1810 by Louis-Léopold Boilly
Wood and Red 3, 1956 by Alberto Burri